Hi, my name is Sara. I live in central Copenhagen, Denmark where I grow food on my third floor balcony and make fabulous foodstuff…
This blog is about:
- How to can grow your own food in small spaces
- How to use what you grow to make fantastic food
- How to make homemade goodies
- – and there might be a stray philosophical or spiritual thought once in a while
I started growing 3 years ago but if you ask me if I have a “garden” the answer would be no. For me a garden is something with a lawn, veggie garden, fruit trees, bushes, flowers and a lot of work. I grew up with such a garden and I remember mowing the lawn, picking up apples, gathering leaves, weeding, digging the veggie garden and much much more.
My garden is nothing like that; my garden is a container garden where everything is in pots and window boxes. I primarily grow things you can eat because it gives me immense satisfaction to go out onto my balcony and pick my own vegetables for dinner. The yield is not as big as you get with a regular veggie garden but you will be surprised by how much you can actually get out of a balcony garden. It would be a lie if I said it is no work but compared to what I remember from my childhood it really is no work.
I will probably never own a house with a big garden, I like the city to much and it is too much work.
In my family we have always made a lot of homemade thing such as cordial, jam, cold cuts, different pickled vegetables, sausages, cookies etcetera.
So I grew up with making this type of foodstuff but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I decided to do it myself.
So now my cupboards are full my own cordial, jam, pickled stuff, pasta sauce and my freezer is full of herbs, homemade stock and vegetables picked and saved from my own garden.
I use as much from my own garden as possible and for the rest I use mostly organic produce. It is a special treat to be able to make things out of the things you grow so they last you into winter and bring it out on a cold winter’s day and be reminded of the joy of summer.
I also think that growing your own produce and doing homemade stuff gives you a different appreciation for what you eat than when you just pick things of a shelf in the store.
The main reason I do all this stuff is because it tastes great and because it is a great feeling to be able to say to yourself; “I made this” or “I grew this”. It doesn’t hurt that I know exactly what is in my food as well in these days of food color, chemicals and other nasty stuff that finds its way into our food. I also do this because I live in the heart of a big city and there are not enough green spots in any city. My neighbors enjoy my garden almost as much as I do and I share my excess produce and seedlings with our next-door neighbors.
I plan to write about growing, what to do when and how, updates on what is happening in my garden, what you can do with your produce, recipes and probably some odd thoughts once in a while. I hope my blog will inspire you to grow things whether you have a lot of space or just a windowsill and to make delicious food…
The city can never be too green and we can never eat too much good food…